Friday 30 May 2014

Retired List 2013-2014

It is Good-Bye to some of our favourites from the 2013-2014 catalogues, but don't despair there is still time to order those items that you have loved and have not yet purchased or indeed, replenish those crafting stocks of favourite colours or papers!  Some items are being offered at a whopping 50% discount so be sure to take a look at the lists published to see what is up for grabs!

To order you can call or email me with your order if you wish, but as items are available for a limited time only and for as long as stock lasts, the best way to ensure you get what you want is to place the order online.  You can do this by clicking on the link on the top right of my Blog page to 'Shop with Suzanne'.  

Some items are being reconfigured, such as the Sponge Daubers, so they will not be going completely, but will be back in the catalogue in a different package.  For the bundles listed as retired both the stamps and the punch will be in the new catalogue, but available separately with no bundle pricing.  

Also, remember not everything will make it into the main catalogue,  so if you have something on your wish list, do make sure you order it before end of catalogue.


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Sunday 11 May 2014

Floral Displays with the Spiral Flower Die

If the weather holds off I hope to be outside planting my own spring displays in the garden, but for now I thought I would share my recent project which I have been working on.  A while back I saw these cute little pepper pots in the local budget store and I could not believe what a close match they were to the Stampin' Up! colours.  You can just see the shaped tops peeping out of the top of the display in the photo.  I had a thought straight away that I could make flowers with the Spiral Flower Die and then attach them to garden wire to stand them through the holes in the pot lids.
Before I started my project though, I found a picture from Erica Cerwin on Pinterest with something very similiar.  Great minds think alike!  Erica had made a crate using the Hardwood stamp and put flowers in hers in bunches of yellow with long grass/leaves.  So once I saw the crate idea I knew I could make a little flower trough of my own to sit my pots into.

I started with a basic rectangular open box which I added an extra layer of card to so that it had more stability.  I then added my layer of grass which was using the Gumball Green from the In Colours 2012-2014. The grass was cut using the Fringe Scissors from the Spring/Summer catalogue. Finally I stamped the hardwood stamp onto Baked Brown Sugar and cut this into strips 1.5cm wide.  I sponged colour round the edges of the strips and then wrapped them round the box in a wooden crate style.

My flowers were in the Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight colours.  I also used the Flower Punch to add a layer of Gumball Green for a leave base to the flowers.  Each of the flowers was made using one and a half of the Spiral Flower Die shapes.  I cut two die pieces and then cut the second piece in two.  I wrapped the complete piece and then added the second half piece into the flower before securing them together with a glue gun. I have yet to perfect my glue gun sticking so there was some extra glue strings which still need tidying a little - oops!  A little photo touch-up needed!

I finished my project with the image from the Chalk Talk stamp set embossed in white on the basic black card.  The label shape was cut with the co-ordinating dies.  I was so excited about this project and I got so carried away until it was finished, crafting late into the evening.  I was beaming with pride when I finished it and it is now sitting in pride of place in my craft room, bringing the Spring flowers inside.

Now the dies are great and the Spiral Flower is fantastic, but when you are finished cutting flowers with it there is a lovely decorative shaped piece of card left over which is just too lovely to throw away.  When I was cutting flowers using the Coastal Cabana and designer paper stack I just could not bring myself to throw the pieces away and as they were overlapping on the craft table I thought of a card layout to use them instead.
I added a flower and some Little Leaves and some further flowers using the Boho Blossom punch and the label on there is made using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch cut down to match the dimensions of the sentiment.  See the sentiment on the label there?  That is stamped using the mini stamp set in the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit.  The kit is amazing value and the stamps can be re-used for other projects as I have done here.

Products I used for these projects were:

and extras for the card:
130136 Designer Paper Stack - In Colours 2014-2015

Stamps used for the card:

All these items and more are available for order through my online store.  Just go to my blog page and click on the link to 'Shop Online With Me Now' in the top right corner or you can contact me directly. Don't forget to take a visit to see the Weekly deals continuing throughout May and also the Clearance rack deals!


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Thursday 8 May 2014

Weekly Deals Continue in May - Yeay!

It's a continuation of the April Weekly Deals as Stampin' Up! are now running this promotional offer through May also. They will be available for one week only, before a new collection of deals is announced.This week's Tuesday Weekly Deals are already available - 

If you have not tried embossing yet or always get in a mess with glitter then the heat tool is for you. You can work with the gorgeous emboss powder colours to co-ordinate your emboss images on your projetcs or work the Heat and Stick powder to create neat adhesive areas for your glitter to stick to.

As always, if you want to take advantage of any of the deals on offer, you can use the link to my store on the right hand side of my blog page where it says 'Shop Online With Me Now' or by contacting me in person. 



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Sunday 4 May 2014

Mr and Mrs Vellum Embossed

Well we certainly have a busy May to look forward to, but before we celebrate the coming of the Spring holidays I have a card to show you which I had been saving until I passed it on to the lucky couple.
I kept this one very simple and neutral white colours as there was no idea of their wedding colours until the actual event.  I have made the card using a pre-cut shimmery white card I already had, but SU has the shimmery white cardstock which I have used before which looks lovely for wedding and special occasion cards. 

The best part about the card, I think, is the vellum overlay. This is the silver version of the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in the Spring/Summer catalogue.  A selection of pattern in rich silver emboss designs (or there is a gold version too).  It makes a luxury looking card in minutes.  All I did for my card was emboss the 'Mr & Mrs' using the single stamp (132575) and then use a Framelits Label Collection (125598) die to cut the vellum the correct size to frame it.  

The ribbons I added have just enhanced the silver of the vellum, using the silver 1/8" ribbon (from page 23 Spring/Summer catalogue, code 132137) also and my favourite Organza Ribbon (114319) from the main annual catalogue.  I always have a reel of this whisper white organza ribbon to hand.

Well in my view, all weddings need some sparkle, not only for the bride.  I added some basic rhinstones to the corners and round the frame to finish it off.  

With two more weddings to go to and lots of special celebrations this year I am sure the vellum will be out again.


Products I used for this card:

Mr & Mrs Stamp 132575
Express Yourself (Hostess set) 130336
Framelits Labels Collection 125598
Fancy Foil Designer Vellum 133364
Organza Ribbon 114319
Silver 1/8" Ribbon 132137
Basic Rhinestones 119246
Versamark Pad 102283
Emboss Powder - Silver 109131

To place an order, book a workshop in your home or come to a class, just drop me an email at Remember you can now order online at anytime too.